Apple and Google Leading $500M Bid for Kodak's Patents
Apple and Google have partnered together in hopes of scoring some 1,100 imaging patents being auctioned off by Eastman Kodak, reports Bloomberg. Kodak has been trying to sell the patents since the summer months as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan. It was unsuccessful at scoring competitive bids at first. This new partnership between Apple and Google comes at a time when they are at odds with one another over smartphone patents. Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, says the Apple and Google partnership is offering $500 million for the patents. None of the companies involved has confirmed Bloomberg's report.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Apple Cleared of Violating Conversant Patents
Apple was exonerated in a Texas courtroom Monday where a jury found it had not infringed on five wireless patents held by Conversant Intellectual Property Management. Core Wireless, a Conversant subsidiary, sued Apple in 2012 over a dozen patents.
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